Kernels shine in outdoor season debut at Yankton meet

Mia Mullenmeister won a pair of sprint events, while freshman Taylor DeJong won the discus

100-Meter Dash
Mitchell's Mia Mullenmeister, left, and Lizzie Tyler, right, compete with Yankton's Abigail Saylor in a heat in the girls' 100-meter dash during a track and field meet on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 in Yankton.
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YANKTON — Spring arrived in a big way on Tuesday and the Mitchell High School track and field team took advantage of the summer-like conditions at the Yankton Quadrangular, which served as the outdoor opener for the 2023 season.

No team points were kept in the competition at Yankton’s Williams Field, with Aberdeen Central and Brandon Valley also part of the field.

Mitchell was dominant in the girls 100-meter dash, with Mia Mullenmeister winning the event in 12.75 seconds, followed by Lizzie Tyler (12.92) in third and Brooke Bartscher in fourth place (13.06). Six Kernels were in the event’s top-10, including Ava Brannan (seventh, 13.35 seconds), Lainee Forst (eighth, 13.42 seconds) and Carsyn Weich (ninth, 13.42 seconds).

Mullenmeister also won the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.45 seconds, while Bartscher was fifth in the event (28.01).

A few of those runners teamed up to win the 4x100-meter relay, which consisted by Tyler, Forst, Claire Hegg and Bartscher in a time of 50.94 seconds. Mitchell’s B relay was third in 52.61 seconds, run by Keyana Kelley, Ava Brannan, Delana Henkel and Addie Siemsen. The foursome of Forst, Weich, Bartscher and Tyler took second place in the 4x400 relay in 4:11.23, behind Brandon Valley’s winning time of 4:05.26.


Halle Haring
Mitchell's Halle Haring attempts to clear the bar in the girls' high jump during a track and field meet on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 in Yankton.
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Freshman Taylor DeJong was the champion in the girls discus with a throw of 111 feet, 7 inches. Teammate Lilly Young was sixth with a toss of 91 feet, 7 inches. Young was fourth in the girls shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 9.5 inches, while DeJong was fifth (32-7).

In the girls 400, Emerson Smith took third place in a time of 1:05.15. Yankton’s Shae Rumsey won the race in 1:00.03. Sidney Malde was the No. 3 runner in the girls 300-meter hurdles in 49.85 seconds. Brandon Valley’s Shelby Bergan won in 48.23 seconds. In the boys side of that event, Bryce Palmer was third in 42.58 seconds, while BV’s Aaron VanHemert won in 40.85 seconds.

MHS’ Nathan McCormick ran to a virtual first-place tie in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 23.60 seconds and even with Yankton’s Austin Gobel. Each of the times came in separate heats.

In the boys 100-meter dash, McCormick was fourth (11.23), just behind winner Austin Gobel, of Yankton (11.01), while Lukas Bennett was sixth (11.48). Bennett led off Mitchell’s third-place 4x100-meter relay team, joined by Caden Olegario, Oliver Olegario and Adam Kampshoff in a time of 47.33 seconds, while Yankton’s team won in 45.14 seconds. In the boys 110-meter hurdles, Trevon Austell was fourth (16.14).

In the boys 1,600-meter run, Hunter Patton flirted with breaking the 5-minute mark in a fourth-place finish (5:03.89). The only runner to run sub-5:00 won the race in Brandon Valley’s Mikah Peters (4:54.81). In the 3,200-meter run, Elijah Schroeder was second in 11:40.21.

Lukas Bennett
Mitchell's Lukas Bennett wins his heat in the boys' 100-meter dash during a track and field meet on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 in Yankton.
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Halle Haring took fifth place in the girls high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches and Keyana Kelley was fifth in the girls long jump with a mark of 15 feet, 3 inches, while teammate Carsyn Weich tied for sixth place at 15 feet, 1 inch. In the pole vault, Aubrey Gelderman was fifth for the Kernels with a jump of 8 feet.

In the boys long jump, Treyson Schulz finished tied for second place with jump of 20 feet, 6.5 inches, sharing the spot on the podium with Gus Scott, of Brandon Valley. Yankton’s Gobel won the event at 21 feet, 4.5 inches.

Mitchell’s Lincoln Bates took third place in the boys high jump (5-10) and Oliver Olegario was fourth (5-8). Thadan Milliken-Auch had Mitchell’s best throw in the boys javelin toss with a mark of 133 feet, 2 inches, good for sixth place. Carson Jennings was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 11.5 inches. Carter Harris finished seventh in the boys pole vault with a jump of 11 feet, 6 inches.


In the girls triple jump, Emily Moody was third (32-3) and Audrey Miller was fifth (31-9). In the girls javelin throw, Breanna Kirsch finished in sixth place with a throw of 86 feet, 1 inch.

Mitchell hosts the annual Corn Palace Relays on Saturday, April 15 at Joe Quintal Field. The meet starts at 9 a.m.

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